One rarely thinks about the extraordinary fact that we live in a giant blue marble suspended in space. It’s only when you read about space travel or watch something that has to do with astrophysics that you’re filled with renewed wonder at the world outside Earth. Go beyond earthly boundaries in your imagination by watching these fantastic NatGeo space docu-series that are streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.
‘Cosmos: Possible Worlds’ (2020)
Could the human race find an extraterrestrial home? Cosmos: Possible Worlds is a nine-part series which looks for an answer. Presented by American astrophysicist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson, this series belongs to the titular trilogy, which includes Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014) and Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (1980).
Seasons: 1 (2020)
‘Martian Mega Rover’ (2017)
Earth’s rusty red neighbour Mars has quite a dramatic topography. Martian Mega Rover follows the ambitious mission to build complex machinery to scale the planet.
‘Apollo: Missions to the Moon’ (2019)
Conducted by NASA, the Apollo missions landed the first men on the moon in 1969. Using rare archival footage, Apollo: Missions to the Moon follows the journey of the programme, which took astronauts to the moon in spaceflights till 1972.
‘Hubble’s Amazing Universe’ (2016)
Originally released in 2008, Hubble’s Amazing Universe is an updated version of the documentary which captures the telescope’s findings, including the fascinating, shapeless Bubble Nebula (pictured above).
‘Apollo: Back to the Moon’ (2019)
This two-part documentary commemorates the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.
‘Mission Pluto’ (2015)
Embark on a virtual journey to the fascinating celestial dwarf Pluto, which was downgraded from planet status to that of dwarf planet in 2006, with NASA’s spacecraft, New Horizons.
‘Mars: Inside SpaceX’ (2018)
Get a glimpse into one of the most cutting edge space corporations on the planet. Filmed over three years, Mars: Inside SpaceX follows the triumphs and setbacks of Elon Musk’s company SpaceX, whose mission is to get humanity to Mars.
‘Mission to the Sun’ (2018)
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, the fastest-moving object made by humankind was launched in 2018. In this ambitious mission to understand the star of our solar system, the probe travels to the sun’s atmosphere.
‘Comet Catcher: Rosetta Landing’ (2017)
European Space Agency’s orbiter Rosetta and its landing module Philae were sent on a fact-finding mission to comet 67P in 2004. The documentary chronicles the journey and the attempted landing after a decade of orbiting the comet.
‘Mission Saturn’ (2017)
NASA’s Cassini craft was sent to Saturn to study the planet’s methane rivers and icy moons. Mission Saturn follows the probe on an expedition to the ringed jewel and its deliberate disposal with a controlled plunge into the planet’s atmosphere.